He who has no faith in him and no reverence
for the Holy Mother will be a downright loser,
I tell you plainly.
—Swami VivekanandaImage source: Wikimedia Commons
✉ Excerpts from letters
Letter written to Swami Shivananda from the United States in 1894—[Source]
You need not send anything more in this country. As to money, I have determined first to build some place for Mother, (Holy Mother, Shri Sarada Devi.) for women require it first. . . . I can send nearly Rs. 7,000 for a place for Mother. If the place is first secured, then I do not care for anything else. I hope to be able to get Rs. 1,600 a year from this country even when I am gone. That sum I will make over to the support of the Women's place, and then it will grow. I have written to you already to secure a place. . . . (in a letter sent from the United States, in 1894, recipient Swami Shivananda)
From a letter written to Swami Brahmananda, dated 4 October 1898—[Source]
He who has no faith in him and no reverence for the Holy Mother will be a downright loser, I tell you plainly.
MarchFrom a letter written to Swami Ramakrishnananda, March 1898, from Howrah—[Source]
Shri (Holy) Mother is here, and the European and American ladies went the other day to see her, and what do you think, Mother ate with them even there! Is not that grand? (in a letter written to Swami Ramakrishnananda, March 1898, from Belur Math)
MayFrom a letter written to Swami Brahmananda, 20 May 1898—[Source]
For the present buy a plot of ground for Ramlal in the name of Raghuvir (The family deity of Shri Ramakrishna's birthpalce, Kamarpukur, Ramlal being his nephew.) after careful consideration. . . . Holy Mother will be the Sebâit (worshipper-in-charge); after her will come Ramlal, and Shibu will succeed them as Sebait; or make any other arrangement that seems best. You can, if you think it right, begin the construction of the building even now. For it is not good to live in a new house for the first one or two months, as it will be damp. . . . The anti-erosion wall can be completed afterwards. I am trying to raise money for the magazine. See that the sum of Rs. 1,200 which I gave for the magazine is kept only for that account.
From a letter written to Swami Brahmananda, 10 August 1899, from London—[Source]
My respectful salutations to Holy Mother.
1901From a letter written to Sister Nivedita, 4 April 1901, from Belur Math, West Bengal—[Source]
Of course, you stay as long as you think you are working well. Yum [Miss Josephine MacLeod] had some talk about you with Mother [Holy Mother, Sarada Devi], and she desired you to come over. Of course, it was only her love and anxiety to see you — that was all; but poor Yum has been much too serious for once, and hence all these letters. However, I am glad it should happen, as I learnt so much about your work from Mr. Dutt, who can't be accused of a relative's blind love. (in a letter written to Sister Nivedita in 1901)
From other writings and Complete Works
- With the Holy Mother as the centre of inspiration, a Math is to be established on the eastern bank of the Ganga. As Brahmacharins and Sadhus will be trained in this Math here, so in the other Math also, Brahmacharinis and Sadhvis will be trained.[Source]
Excerpts from Sister Nivedita's bookFrom Complete Works Volume IX, 3 May 1899—[Source]
Then two of us met him in the house of our Holy Mother. The political sky was black. It seemed as if a storm were about to burst. . . . Plague, panic and riot were doing their fell work. And the Master turned to the two and said, "There are some who scoff at the existence of Kâli. Yet today She is out there amongst the people. They are frantic with fear, and the soldiery have been called to deal out death. Who can say that God does not manifest Himself as evil as well as good? But only the Hindu dares to worship Him in the evil".Note: Two of us = Swami Vivekananda and Sister Nivedita
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